Photographs relating to the service of Alan Scott Webb as a Lieutenant Commander on the aircraft carrier HMS VICTORIOUS during the Second World War. The photographs cover chasing the German battleship BISMARCK in May 1941 (including No.825 Squadron's torpedo attack led by Lieutenant Commander Esmonde); the Fleet Air Arm attack on Kirkenes (30 July 1941); escorting duty on to Arctic convoys 1941 and 1942; the US Navy squadron at Iceland in 1941 and with the British Home Fleet in 1942 (includes USS NEW YORK, USS MISSISSIPPI, USS WASHINGTON and USS WASP; attack on the German battleship TIRPITZ in 1942 by Nos. 817 and 832 Squadrons (FAA) - includes aerial photograph of TIRPITZ and a destroyer moving at speed; Mediterranean convoys to Malta (including aerial photograph showing convoy escorted by HMS EAGLE, HMS FURIOUS, HMS NELSON and HMS RODEY and Junkers Ju 88 aircraft attacking merchant ships and the aerial attack on the aircraft carrier HMS INDOMITABLE in August 1942); visit of Winston Churchill to HMS VICTORIOUS in 1942; HMS VICTORIOUS passing through the Panama Canal in February 1943; the carrier at Balboa with the USS SOUTH DAKOTA; visit of Admiral Nimitz to HMS VICTORIOUS; operations in the Pacific during 1943 (including physical training on deck, oiling in the Coral Sea during June 1943, Grumman Avenger aircraft of No. 832 Squadron and Grumman Wildcats on the flight deck).
Other photographs show mail being censored by officers in the wardroom of HMS VICTORIOUS; German prisoners exercising on the flight deck, the ships HMT DUCHESS OF BEDFORD, HMS HOWE, HMS LONDON, HMS KENT (under aerial attack during the Kirkenes attack); Fairey Fulmar aircraft of No. 809 Squadron, Fairey Albacore aircraft of Nos. 817 and 832 Squadrons and a Supermarine Seafire undertaking a deck landing.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.